Women's Basketball Welcomes Six-Member Class of 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown women's basketball coach Sarah Behn has announced the six-member class of 2018 joining the Bears this fall.  The Bears will welcome Imani Herring, Savannah Johnson, Kennedy Martin, Maxine Offiaeli, Megan Reilly, and Janie White to the roster for the 2014-15 season.

"I'm grateful for the class that Coach Burr has brought here to Brown," said Behn.  "We have a great mix of height, size, and various positions that will compliment our current group of returning players.  We're excited to see what these six freshmen can bring to the team."

Imani Herring
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa.
High School: Vincentian Academy
Height: 6'2"
Position: Forward
Herring Facts: Joan of Arc Medallion Recipient for Community Service … National Honor Society … Outstanding Young Citizen Award … Westinghouse Honors … Science Institute Chemistry Olympics winner.
Why Brown?: "I fell in love with everything relating to Brown during my visit.  The campus was beautiful and I loved the idea of an open curriculum.  The entire feel of the university resonated with my personality."

 

Savannah Johnson
Hometown: Fort Washington, Md.
High School: Elizabeth Seton
Height: 5'10"
Position: Forward
Johnson Facts: Played three seasons of varsity basketball … National Honors Society … has a brother, Shane Jr., that plays football at Stony Brook … also has relatives in collegiate and professional athletics – Isaiah Johnson (Syracuse football), Melanee Coleman (Georgian Court Volleyball), and Brandon Coleman (New Orleans Saints).
Why Brown?: "I selected Brown because I was blown away by the university's academic model.  After sitting in a few classes with current students, I was confident that Brown is where I should be."

Kennedy Martin
Hometown:
Los Angeles, Calif.
High School:
Brentwood School
Height:
6'0"
Position:
Forward
Martin Facts: Averaged double-doubles in her final three seasons at Brentwood … CIF Player of the Year, West Side Player of the Year, All-CIF Division 4A, and First Team All-Alpha League in 2013-14 … Averaged 21 points per game with Balboa Hills club team in 2013 … Honor Roll from 2011-14 … Dean's List Recipient in 2012 … her father, Edward, played football at Indiana State and with the Dallas Cowboys.
Why Brown?: "I didn't know a lot about Brown prior to be recruited, but as soon as I visited, I was sold.  The campus was beautiful and the girls on the team were so welcoming that I didn't want to look anywhere else." 

Maxine Offiaeli
Hometown: South Windsor, Conn.
High School: Loomis Chaffee
Height: 6'2"
Position: Forward
Offiaeli Facts: Three-sport athlete in high school (volleyball, basketball, track and field) … co-captain in her junior and senior seasons … earned the team's Coaches' Award and earned All-Star recognition … Honor Roll all four years … was the NEPSTA Champion in the shotput her junior year.
Why Brown?: "Brown's academic excellence is what attracted me first.  The basketball team's evident team chemistry and disciplined work ethic led me to believe that people take pride in academics and athletics here at Brown."

Megan Reilly
Hometown: Norwood, N.J.
High School: The Lawrenceville School
Height: 5'7"
Position: Guard
Reilly Facts: Senior captain … started every game in high school career while finishing with over 1,000 points … 2013 Trentonian Player of the Year … four-time First Team All-County selection … Three-time All-State selection … nominated for Mercer County All-Star Game … four-year letterwinner in tennis and track and field … High Honors and Dean's List recipient … her uncle, Tom Connolly, played football at Union College.
Why Brown?: "I thought the housing system at Brown encourages a close-knit community and the open curriculum also really appealed to me."

Janie White
Hometown: Clarksville, Tenn.
High School: Rossview
Height: 6'2"
Position: Forward
White Facts: Averaged 18.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game as a senior … All-District First Team selection all four years … District All-Tournament team from 2012-14 … District MVP in 2013 and 2014 … Leaf Chronicle All-Area Player of the Year in 2013 and 2014 … Rossview's all-time leading scorer … three-time recipient of the CMC Education Foundation Academic Award … High Honors … 4.0 GPA … her sister, Kylie, plays basketball at Trevecca Nazarine University.